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A lone Columbus County Sheriff’s deputy blocked the private road leading to RC Soles’s home outside Tabor City Sunday night. A quarter-mile or so up the private road other deputies and SBI agents looked into a shooting at the senator’s home. Sources tell WWAY Soles shot 22-year-old Thomas Kyle Blackburn in the leg when Blackburn and BJ Wright allegedly tried to break down the senator’s door around 5:20 Sunday afternoon. Both Blackburn and Wright, we are told, are legal clients of the senator. Investigators finally left the scene around 10:30 Sunday night without saying anything to the media except to tell us that if we tried to go up this private drive that leads to the senator’s house, we could face trespassing charges. Blackburn was taken to Loris Hospital in South Carolina for treatment. Law enforcement sources tell WWAY, the decision on whether to charge Soles with a crime will be left up to district attorney Rex Gore. As of Sunday night, Blackburn was listed in fair condition, but the hospital would not release any information on him as of Monday morning. He got out of jail in June after serving a year and seven months for felony breaking and entering. BJ Wright, as we reported a couple of weeks ago, received $8,000 from Senator Soles while serving time in prison, according to prison documents we obtained. We will continue to follow this story Monday and bring you any new developments.

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  • Hey Mr. “Disgusted”, since you know him to be such a highly principled, purer than the driven snow politician why not explain the $8,000. so we don’t have to think that criminal cretin was blackmailing Solis? An $8,000. “handout” as you’ve suggested it was is beyond credulity.

    You decision to throw in an arbitrary charge of “right-wing rednecks” as dismissive of anybody who is interested in “the truth” of what was really going on here reveals more about you than is does about “us”.

  • cyllsn1341

    You should be disgusted with yourself, Disgusted. You said…”Their comments are hateful and crude, to say the least.”…and that was after you said…”the redneck commentators”. Then you make another statement,…”Could it be that the right-wing rednecks (losers–all of them)”.
    When you accuse people of saying “hateful” things while you’re doing the same thing, You, just like R.C. Soles, have ‘NO CREDIBILITY’.
    I wonder ‘How Much He’s Paying You’? because I can’t imagine anyone defending him for free. HMMM!!!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    Please go to the DOC website and do a search on Billie J Wright. Take a look at this guy’s record. Note that he was just released from prison on the 10th of this month. Make sure you scan down and see all his stellar activity.

    Then ask yourself why we have a state senator who sends a man of this caliber money while he’s in prison. Why do we have a state senator who buys another young man a house and a Corvette? Why do we have a state senator who consistently, time after time, has to have police respond to his home because young male clients are causing him problems.

    How many other lawyers have problems like this?

    Are we to believe that Senator Soles is simply trying to “help” these boys? For those of you who want to play one of the three monkeys (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil) do you truly believe that every one of these incidents has been caused by ungrateful young men who suddenly, without warming, turn to bite the hand that has been feeding them?

    The truth will out. Until it does, just remember that old saying about, “When you smell a rat….”

  • nurselisa

    My parents grew up with R.C. Soles and I have known of this man for 40+ years. I believe him to be a fine citizen. I don’t believe this to be true of very many politicians. I would like to say that even if he had done anything wrong in the past, which I don’t believe he did, it doesn’t give anyone the right to kick down his door. If someone were kicking in my door, I’d shoot them too, but I would hope I’d have better aim. Mr. Soles, I commend you for protecting yourself and defending your home!!!

  • Disgusted

    By reading the comments on the Soles’ incident, you can readily see that the redneck commentators really have it in for Senator Soles. Their comments are hateful and crude, to say the least.

    Could it be that the right-wing rednecks (losers–all of them) hate Mr. Soles because he is a highly respected, rich, successful, porwerful man? Is that it?

    Having known Mr. Soles and his family all my life, I do not hesitate to say that he is a man of fine character and integrity.

    As a criminal lawyer, he has represented lowlifes, and they have repaid his hard work on their behalf by harrasing him for more handouts. Soles did the right thing when he shot the man who was breaking down his door to do God-knows-what to him. I (and you) would have done the same.

  • Guestified

    These young men are hooligans, that’s for sure.

    The mystery is why Soles would entangle himself with such lowlifes. I do not believe the relationships were sexual–I think it’s far more complicated than that . . . but what I would like to know is this: what on earth could have been the basis of their “friendships”?

    What do the young men have on Soles? What exactly do they know about him? This is the mystery

  • Guest1956

    I find it interesting that Sen. Soles feels the need to help only indigent young men. Are there no needy women in Columbus County? It also is so very rare to hear of an attorney giving the client money, as opposed to the attorney being paid for services. Do we not have public defenders here in Columbus County?I had heard the story the Scott young man had reported 2 years ago from members of his distant family. If he is lying, he is at least consistent in his story telling. I also find it interesting that Sen. Soles meets behind closed doors with the very same men that he has placed restraining orders on. So much for fear for his person…

  • Wade Griffis

    I had no idea where Tabor City was until I started following this story. The chamber of Commerce must be happy with all the media attention.

    We southerners love a good scandal. Maybe we will have one out of Tabor City soon.

  • Givemeabreak

    So, using your theory someone has to be a redneck to have an opinion. You are commenting!! Are you a redneck?? The fact to the matter is, it is very strange that all of these incidents involve young men. What, did he never represent a female as an attorney?? Wherever there is smoke there is a fire!! The blaze will be coming soon. I am prior law enforcement and my neck may be tanned, but not red!! You are sticking up for someone you know. I admire that, but don’t be blind or insult others who have the right to voice their opinions.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    You are obviously very, VERY confused if you believe that giving young men thousands of dollars, buying them houses, and buying them Corvettes is “representing them.”

    Do you truly believe that a right wing conspiracy has caused the Tabor City police to be called to Senator Soles office as often as they have been called? Do you think that could explain the innumerable calls to his residence?

    I fully agree that if someone was kicking in my front door, I would have taken similar (but more lethal) actions. Here’s the big difference, however: I wouldn’t have had these “lowlifes” as you describe them, as my friends. I’m particular about who I associate with.

    Keep fooling yourself into believing that all this smoke means no fire….just stop trying to fool us.

  • Ronnie Soles

    Too much going on with RC.. Remember, where there is smoke there is a fire !!!!

  • AAP

    OH can’t wait for the TRUTH to come out in this “poor” county!!!!

  • Das Weibstück

    That is nothing compared to the guy (the one that said he was groped then recanted), he said Soles has given him over $200,000.00. He said he used it to pay rent, buy cars and drugs etc.

    Two HUNDRED THOUSAND to a loser criminal that is NO relation to you????

    Soles has a screw loose.

  • Das Weibstück

    Seems you have “known” him so long why don’t you tell us why he is the ONLY attorney on the planet earth that PAYS his young male clients instead of the other way around?

    YOU may have known him a long time but you do not know what goes on behind closed doors. At the moment none of us do but the scale is certainly leaning towards creepy and fishy.

    Right wing Rednecks? I do not fall in that category, sorry.

  • Das Weibstück

    This just gets better and better.

  • Ed Cook

    I wonder why it is that you do not state your name if you have so much good to say about the Sin-A-Ster? If you believe in what you say, you should stand up and be accountable for such.

  • guest 4 life

    Way to go WWAY and Ann McAdams! It’s about time someone in the media has the courage to follow this story. You have gained a lot of respect over your competition.

  • CM

    This story keeps getting more and more entertaining every day. I wonder how things will all pan out at the end.

  • Guest1978

    Now why in the world would Mr. R.C. Soles, who is such an upstanding Senator/Attorney, give B.J. Wright $8,000? Not only giving him $8,000, but giving it to him while he is prison. What could you do with $8,000 in prison? I work for a living and I barely bring home $1,500 in one month. Boy, I wish I was a young male criminal, then maybe a nice Senator/Attorney might buy me a house, car, four wheelers, and give me money whenever I get in trouble. PEOPLE WAKE UP!!! DOES IT HAVE TO BE ANYMORE CLEAR???

  • Guest 1961

    Fox News had a brief story on the shooting this morning – sounded like Soles was the victim of a home invasion by strangers.

    I’ve sent their newsroom more info – hopefully they will do a clarification.

    The news media, with the exception of WWAY TV, has sat on these scandals for years. And of course Soles’ buddies at the General Assembly have looked the other way, because they wanted his vote. If he’d been a Republcan, like Rep. Cary Allred (he was seen hugging a 17-yr old female page too closely, suspected of drinking at the GA, and had speeding tickets), he’d have been outed & forced to resign years ago.

    What if he’d killed one of those young men? And it’s only his word that they were actually trying to break in – what if they weren’t?

    This is why we need objective & fair news reporting, and ethical legislators – NO MATTER THE POLITICAL PARTY, and no matter how much bacon they bring home to their constitutents.

  • resident

    This makes me a little embarassed to call Tabor City home. I’ve always been so proud of the town I’ve grown up in, but things are changing. The News Media has swarmed here all day, in and out of local businesses just trying to get negative info. Please just lock him up and leave us alone. We’d all be better off. Poor Mr. Rob, will die of a heart attack before this is all over.

  • Guest1111

    I’m not that familiar with RC Soles but I watched his latest interview and it just seemed like a feeble attempt at damage control. His reasons do not ring true as to why he is involved with these young men.
    There are public defenders available to the indigent in every county in this state if they need defended in court. As far as the 17 year old, Mr. Soles should have put him in touch with the proper social programs to assist him with living arrangements. If he sincerely thought he was not getting the necessary assistance, perhaps finding a private foster family for the young man and supplementing his support would have been the prudent course of action.
    Thus far in my life, I have had occasion to hire a few attorneys, one for a child custody case and a couple for representation against insurance companies after automobile accidents. I associated with none of them outside the legal environment and it was certainly me paying them and not the other way around. I had no idea there were attorneys who would actually pay the clients. Guess I should have shopped around a bit more.

  • AmazedOne

    All these boys have shady records and appear to be uneducated country boys. When the truth finally sees the daylight, prosecutors will have a credibility issue on their hands. That doesn’t even take into account the loyalty that these boys have to him because of money that has changed hands. You don’t bite the hand that feeds you. What a mess..

  • Guest123456

    Who in their right mind would break in a house at 5:00 on a Sunday afternoon? Although, I don’t think anyones involved in this entire mess is in their “right” mind.

  • Guest in TC

    did RC compensate the victims of his clients’ crimes?…seems he is showing these young men that crime does pay…their time in prison shouldn’t have been subsidized by Soles…if their prison time would have been a bit tougher, maybe they would have been rehabilitated…crime shouldn’t pay…unless you are RC’s clients…

  • sparky7play

    Bring this state into the 21 st century. Enough is enough he shot this boy because he is afraid of the retribution these “Rednecks” would have inflicted for what he has done to them. No upright citizen would have had these young men at his door if he were legit. I hope the DA puts this man away for a long long time.

  • billwo

    If RC Soles was anything but a hypocrite people would have less negative to say. Mr. Soles has voted for every anti-gun legislation to come his way yet carries and uses a gun to protect himself, his family and his property. Typical liberal, he doesn’t want the populace to have the same rights he has.

  • Guest222222

    wow, this is hysterical. i live in PA and heard about the shooting. i have to agree with the people of Tabor City. this senator needs to go. Something is very fishy about this guy. I hope the media WWAY stays on this guy and he gets what he deserves. I think the country is at its end with these, “better than though” democrats.

  • KPA

    Soles is anti gun and yet he used one. WHAT A HYPOCRITE! It should come as no surprise that a democrat wants to take away your constitutional right to keep and bear arms but keeps his.

    In defense of him shooting someone trying to break down his door…WAY TO GO SOLES! Now maybe you’ll keep this in mind the next time you try to take away your constituents right to do the same should they or their family need to protect themselves from an intruder.

  • concerned citizen 54

    Sen. Soles is now embarassing his constituients and Tabor City.

  • Les

    “Sources tell WWAY Soles shot 22-year-old Thomas Kyle Blackburn in the leg when Blackburn and BJ Wright allegedly tried to break down the senator’s door around 5:20 Sunday afternoon.”

    From the report in this article the suspects were *OUTSIDE* of the house trying to break down the door when Senator Soles shot them. Doesn’t that constitute criminal behavior on the part of Senator Soles?

    I thought that the only time you can LEGALLY use deadly force against someone was if they had broken into your home and were *IN* your home. THEN you can shoot them if you are in fear for your life. Comments??

  • Ernie

    I hardly think that shooting someone in the leg is deadly force. It is very unlikely that a person will die from such an injury. However, I am appalled that this two faced politician would be anti gun yet use one himself. Typical hypocrite.

  • ……head Point

    The ignorant locals around here have settled for corrupt government for 110 years…..no reason to think that will change any time soon.

  • Guest101

    So you think you know what happened huh???? what were you there to view it.. I think not…so know the truth before you say things like that..

  • Guest22

    If you believe that you must have been there.
    Soles needs to be put out of office.

  • Guest11111

    Blackburn jumped the fence at his house and tried to kick in Mr. Soles door. Mr. Soles shot him in the thigh. Period,

  • watchyoursix

    No big deal pardner. I shoot people jumping my fence every day. Heck, thats normal around these parts. “Rootin Tootin RC”, the shootin’ Senator from Tabor city.

  • workingmybunsoffinwhitevilletown

    You are not from around here are you Guest11111? There is no period in this story YET. When the period comes hopefully we will hear the click of handcuffs. This story did not start in July with the fire of Strickland’s home as many seem to think. This story started many years ago. Now as clear headed thinking adults you have to know that when both parties (RC and the boys) keep waltzing back and forth from friend to foe, something is admist. Put your thinking caps on how many situations could cause this “I’m on your side”………. “I’m not on your side” mentality. Translation is “I’m going to talk”………”I’m going to pay”. The million dollar question is what am I going to talk about and what am I going to pay you to not talk about??? That is the one and only question that will take this story to a period.

  • will

    Apparently you haven’t listened to the news. You are trying to create your own story which is completely incorrect. Listen instead typing..

  • hopeful for justice

    Please, SBI, DA Rex Gore, Sheriff Chris Batten, Tabor City Police (even tho Soles does not live in city limits) don’t let Soles’ influence and money buy a pass for him this time as it has done in other investigations into his wrongdoings. I hope there has been enough publicity and outrage over this latest incident that the “good old boy” system of justice will not prevail this time. DO THE RIGHT THING

  • Guest1978

    And who is surprised by these recent events?

  • Guest0601

    There will be a BIG OMG at the end to this story. I believe this will be something that will truely blow our minds. Possibly more shocking than anything we have ever seen in these parts. This has become more entertaining than America Idol.

  • Guest356

    Don’t assume the person that was shot is the victim. Mr Soles could have been defending himself, therfore he is the victim.

  • TruthHurtz

    …but you have wonder why he’s so involved with these type of individuals. Why is he giving them money?

    Methinks R.C. Soles misfortunes are of his own making.

  • Not Assuming

    I am not assuming the fact that all of the incidents involve young men!! That is a red flag there! Buying gifts and giving money to a person in jail is another red flag. I do not think anyone needs to ASSUME where this is leading. Pull your head out of the sand!!

  • FedUp

    I am so ashamed of the SolesWrightBlackburnAndtheRest situation involving the Tabor City Community. It is no secret to the lifelong residents that Senator Soles’ questionable behavior has gone on for years. Only until now has it been this publicized. People such as Mayor Royce Harper will defend Senator Soles to the dying end because they see him as these criminals do…a gravy train ticket for money. In a way I feel a bit sorry for Mr. Soles because I wonder if he thinks he has a true friend at all. It appears that he is used and he is using people for his re-election. This is a sad situation but has been going on for years.
    Power and money can make people do strange things. Lives have been damaged by supplying a easy hand out whenever learning to make a living is so much more important. None of these young men invovled with Senator Soles has an education. That speaks volumes in itself. Sen. Soles seems to harp on them getting an education but none have and none will as long as he keeps handing out money by the fist fulls. Rezell Jordan, Allen Strickland Daniel Floyd, Shane Coleman, BJ Wright, Kyle Blackburn, Stacy Scott, Michael Scott, the late Chad Buffkin and Shaun Stanley are individuals closely connected to Senator Soles who are all ex cons with the exception of Strickland. The investigation concerning Sen. Soles should have been done years ago. Sen. Soles is not innocent and all these people totally at fault. Soles Supporters need to get their heads out of the sand and start asking him questions. Sen. Soles knows what he’s done and he knows he’s in big time trouble or he would not have hired this high profile lawyer who isn’t working for nothing I would think. Speculation after speculation can be made by the general public, but a normal and prudent person knows that something is very wrong concerning Senator RC Soles, Jr and these young men. It’s time for everything to be laid on the table.

  • tcboyscentral

    You forgot one christopher byrd!

  • Open your eyes

    Are you people defending Senator Soles truly that naive? Open your eyes.


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